There is a common misconception that people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet do not get enough protein in their diet, particularly when they are looking to increase muscle growth.
Yes, a 100g piece of lean chicken or beef will typically provide you with around 27g of protein but did you know that a cup (uncooked) of the gluten-free grain ‘quinoa’ comes close to this at approx 24g? It also contains all NINE essential amino acids, is low-fat, cholesterol-free and a great source of fibre and iron.
Remember, the important thing is to eat a balanced, healthy diet which combines the correct ratio of the right carbohydrates, protein and fats for your body and the amount of exercise you do. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ model – if you are not sure what you should be eating, speak to your personal trainer / nutritionist (not got one / can’t get to the gym – drop me a message and I can introduce you to a great, affordable, online personal trainer I use myself).
So if you are looking for some plant based protein ideas, here are 5 food groups for you to check out – which do you fancy building into your daily diet?
|Cooked Lentils||1 CUP||18g|
|Black Beans||1 CUP||15g|
|Cannellini Beans||1 CUP||15g|
|Pumpkin Seed||1/2 CUP||19.5g|
|Flaxseed (also known as Linseed)||1/2 CUP||7.6g|
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